Winter can be a time for reflection, the long nights leaving time for thoughts to wander. Cold Moon, the first collaborative album from the Portland based duo of singer/ songwriter Alela Diane and guitarist Ryan Francesconi, is unmistakably a winter album. Recorded during the winter of 2014, the Francesconi’s gentle, looping guitar has at all times a remarkable sense of space – evoking long, empty winter days. These are combined to incredible effect with the rise and fall of Diane’s haunting vocals and lyrics about the passing of time and the cycle of life. The result is unique and powerfully affecting.